Josh Cullen managed to get his name on the scoresheet in Charlton Athletic’s recent win over Gillingham.
But like the south London outfit’s other goalscorer on the day Joe Aribo, the 23-year-old might not be scoring goals for Lee Bowyer’s side much longer.
Cullen is, of course, only at Charlton on loan, and after the season he has had, it would not be a surprise to see his parent club West Ham keep him in their squad next term.
That would come as a huge blow to Bowyer considering how highly he rates the midfielder.
“He’s better than I was [at that age],” Bowyer told Charlton’s official club website last year when speaking about the West Ham loanee.
“I was delighted [to sign him] because he was someone that we had to bide our time with. I know what qualities he brings to the squad. He’s got to the play-off final with Bradford, I know he’s got the experience and he’s a young lad that can play football and gets into the box. He’s an all-around midfielder.”
Considering that, you can expect Bowyer to do everything in his power to keep Cullen at The Valley for at least another season.
And should the Addicks manage to gain promotion to the Championship, the above is a development that could certainly still happen even if West Ham are keen on keeping him for the next campaign.
With no guarantees that he will get genuine opportunities at the London Stadium, the chance to play regularly in English football’s second division could be enticing.
Already set to lose another key midfielder in Aribo with his contract running down, Charlton must now throw everything at West Ham and Cullen if they want to retain his services.
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